Cool Places to Enjoy the Fall Weather in Colorado Springs

October 13, 2017

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We know you’re probably tired of all these articles on fall … nah, just kidding! We know you love this season as much as we do, if not even more. We’ve kept you in-the-know about pumpkin patches, leaf viewings and cool October events, but what about just chilling out and enjoying the last of the mild weather before winter steals it all away? Seriously, soon these warmer days will be few and far between and you’ll wish you’d taken all the time you could to be outside. So, here are some of the best places to do it in style.

For Outdoorsy Folks: Spend the Day at Bear Creek Park

Bear Creek Park puts the “multi” in multi-use park. There’s definitely something for everyone and you can have quite a bit of fun. One highlight is the epic dog park, where your well-behaved pups can socialize and burn off energy off the leash as you chat with other pet pals. You can also leash up your pup and visit the ten miles of multi-use trails that traverse a variety of terrain, from fields to trees. There are tons of picnic tables for an impromptu lunch and pavilions you can reserve for larger events (fall family reunion, anyone?). Speaking of reservations, you can also play tennis or practice archery if you reserve the space. Kiddos will love the playgrounds and the nature center, which has educational hikes and tons of learning opportunities. Best of all (like most things outdoors in Colorado Springs), it’s close to home!

For City Folks: Visit Manitou Springs

Stroll the streets of Manitou Springs and enjoy the brisk sunshine as you window shop in dozens of unique shops that line the main drag and sample from numerous natural fountains. Pop into galleries like the Manitou Art Center, where you can check out the works of local artists (or even sample a class, it’s not outdoors, but we won’t tattle). Many of the restaurants still offer patio seating on nice days, some with heaters if it’s a bit chilly. There’s something special about dining al fresco on the edge of winter. And you can’t forget the outdoor arcade, where you can play the newest video games … or take a journey back in time to antique games like loading beans with a tiny mechanical truck. Get competitive with mechanical horse races and then celebrate the win with hot funnel cake or piece of fudge. It’s the fresh air you want with the civilization you love.

For Family Folks: Enjoy the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Fall weather zoo

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The zoo doesn’t shut down just because it’s no longer hot. In fact, you may find that some of the animals are a bit more active without the oppressive summer heat. Even better, the zoo becomes just a bit less crowded in the fall, meaning that you won’t have to wait as long to feed the giraffes lettuce or share a stick of seeds with the budgies. As a fun side note, October is also when the zoo opens after dark on the weekends for its Boo at the Zoo event. You can dress in costume and trick-or-treat at booths hosted by local vendors and organizations. But if daytime is still more your speed, that’s cool, too. Bring a picnic and have a rest at the bottom of the Big Backyard while the kids run amok with other pint-sized fun enthusiasts. Share an ice cream cone and ride the old-fashioned merry-go-round (which goes surprisingly fast! It’s family fun at its finest.

For Family Folks (Bonus Activity): Start Christmas Early at the North Pole

Fall weather north pole

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We know family folks are getting two, but we couldn’t leave the North Pole off our list. After all, it celebrates the fast-approaching holiday of Christmas. It also closes for the winter months after Christmas Eve, so time is running out to enjoy fairy tale and Christmas-themed rides and attractions. Enjoy all the tastiest carnival foods, shop ornaments in the Christmas shops, slide down a giant candy cane slide and meet Santa! There are magic shows and other events and all this greatness happens in the beautiful setting of mountains and trees. Check their website for cool discounts like military appreciation month (October), weekend specials, and more. As a side note, this attraction is in the mountains, so always check before you head up to make sure they’re open (and dress warm, too).

We all may have complained about the summer heat since July, but now that it’s slipping away, everyone is just a bit desperate to capture any of those last few moments they can. With these awesome attractions, you can do just that. We’ll see you there!

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